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All-European Show and Shine
Arbor Day Tree Planting
Art Exhibit: Donald R. Buma
Art Exhibit: Eva Czarnecki
Art Exhibit: Justin Young
Art Exhibit: Mary Mancuso
Backyard Farmer Taping
Easter Brunch
Easter Extravaganza
Fall Chrysanthemum Show
Floral Fusion: Illuminated
Garden Twilight
Gardens Gone Wild
Ghoulish Garden Adventure
Girls' Day: Japanese Doll Exhibit
Guild Spring Luncheon and Lecture
Heartland Native Plant Summit
Holiday Happening
Holiday Harmony
Holiday Poinsettia Show
Japanese Ambience Festival
Leashes at Lauritzen
LEGO® Brick Artists Expo
Lithuanian Folk Wood Sculptures
Loveland Garden Club Lecture
Members Poinsettia Show Preview Party
Mothers Day Brunch
National Poinsettia Day
National Public Gardens Day
Nebraska Wildflower Week
Omaha Gives!
Orchid Show
Patriotic Perches
Railroad Days
Rose Day
Sandhill Crane Migration Trip
Spring Flower Show
Spring into Spring
St. Patrick's Day Lunch
Summer Solstice Lecture
Sunpu Chaya
Sweet Corn Festival
Tempo of Twilight
The Glass Art of Craig Mitchell Smith
TREEmendous Arbor Day Celebration
Valentine's Day Dinner
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Events and Exhibits

January 5 through February 21, 2016
  
Art Exhibit: Justin Young

February 1 through May 8, 2016
  
The Glass Art of Craig Mitchell Smith
More than 30 brilliantly-colored glass sculptures, created and curated for Lauritzen Gardens by nationally-recognized kiln-formed glass artist Craig Mitchell Smith will punctuate the landscapes of the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory and the floral display hall.

Sunday, February 14, 2016
  
Valentine's Day Dinner
Experience one of the most beautiful, exquisite Valentine’s Day dinners in Omaha, in the intimate surroundings of the visitor and education center. - THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings from February 15 through April 19
  
Floral Fusion: Illuminated
See the sculptures after dark! A dramatically illuminated version of the exhibit Floral Fusion: The Glass Art of Craig Mitchell Smith will be open on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. from February 15 through April 19. This interplay of glass, light and gardens will enthrall guests and add color and beauty to spaces that certainly have no shortage of them already.

February 18 through March 3, 2016
  
Girls' Day: Japanese Doll Exhibit
In honor of the Japanese celebration of Hinamatsuri, also called Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day, discover a vast set of ornamental Imperial dolls, or hina-ningyo, representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period (A.D. 794 - 1185) on display.

February 24 through April 3
  
Art Exhibit: Mary Mancuso

March 5 and 6, 2016
  
Orchid Show
The 2016 Greater Omaha Orchid Society’s 29th Annual Orchid Show and Sale will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Visitors will get the opportunity to see and prime specimens of these exotic plants up close and purchase a plant of their own.

March 15 and 16, 2016
  
Sandhill Crane Migration Bus Tour
Journey along the Platte River Valley and experience hundreds of thousands of beautiful Sandhill cranes in their majestic migration. This is a must-see tour where you will enjoy one of nature’s treasures, and is also a great chance for unique birding and photography opportunities.

Thursday, March 17, 2016
  
St. Patrick's Day Lunch
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the greenest place in Omaha with a scrumptious lunch that's full of Irish spirit.

Saturday, March 26, 2016
  
Easter Extravaganza
Don't miss this morning of fun with crafts, egg hunts and photos with the Easter Bunny!

Sunday, March 27, 2016
  
Easter Brunch
An annual tradition for many area families, enjoy a fabulous Easter brunch at the garden.
Art Exhibit: Plants and Gardens by Donald R. Buma
A collection of plant and landscape photographs that display the beauty of nature, by a lifelong horticulturalist.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
  
Loveland Garden Club Lecture featuring Andrea Wulf
History and horticulture collide as award-winning author Andrea Wulf returns to present "The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession." In this beautifully illustrated lecture Wulf tells the tale of a small group of 18th century naturalists that made England a nation of gardeners.

Tuesdays, April 5 through October 25, 2016
  
Walking Club
Get your morning exercise with a refreshing and rejuvenating walk through the garden.

Friday, April 29, 2016
  
TREEmendous Arbor Day Celebration
Enjoy a variety of tree-themed educational activities designed for families to learn about a variety of tree topics. The first 100 households will receive a FREE tree seedling! In the spirit of Nebraska's homegrown holiday, children who dress like a tree will get in FREE!

April 29 through May 6, 2016
  
Sunpu Chaya Construction at Lauritzen Gardens
Shizuoka, Japan and Omaha, Nebraska have been Sister Cities for 50 years. In honor of this special relationship and occasion, a "Sunpu Chaya" will be built at Lauritzen Gardens from April 29 to May 5. During this week, garden guests may watch craftsmen from Shizuoka and Omaha build this lasting symbol of friendship.

Sunday, May 1, 2016
  
LEGO® Brick Artists Expo
The Lincoln and Omaha LEGO® User Group will host their second-annual show of sculptures at Lauritzen Gardens.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
  
Guild Spring Luncheon featuring Eddie Zaratsian
"Flowers are a feast for the soul and Eddie Zaratsian believes that everyone deserves a seat at the table." Great for any floral enthusiast or designer, an art lover or anyone who enjoys flowers and design, don't miss the Lauritzen Gardens Guild's annual kickoff to spring.

Friday, May 6, 2016
  
National Public Gardens Day
Celebrate the public garden with FREE admission all day on Friday, May 6. Discover beautiful spring blooms and learn about the programs, events and displays at the garden throughout the year.

Sunday, May 8, 2016
  
Mother's Day Brunch
Mother’s Day Brunch at Lauritzen Gardens has become an annual tradition for many area families. Please call Merri at (402) 346-4002, ext. 201 to make a reservation.

Saturday, May 14, 2016
  
Spring into Spring Plant Sale
A unique opportunity for the public to shop from an incredible variety of Lauritzen Gardens-grown plants and a hand-picked selection of plants from area garden clubs and vendors.

Mondays and Tuesdays During the Summer Months
  
Garden Twilight
Visit the garden during the twilight hours for a relaxing way to end the summer days.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
  
Omaha Gives!
A community-wide event to show off Omaha's spirit of giving, raise awareness about local nonprofits and celebrate the collective effort it takes to make this city great. Anyone can participate and ANY AMOUNT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

Sunday, June 5, 2016
  
Rose Day and Show
Join the Omaha Rose Society for their annual Rose Day and Show, to promote the culture and appreciation of the rose.

Monday, June 13, 2016
  
Leashes at Lauritzen
The garden has gone to the dogs! Bring your canine friends to walk the grounds from 5 to 8 p.m. and enjoy the great outdoors together.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
  
Tempo of Twilight
This outdoor concert series brings a spectacular lineup of local entertainment to the garden for a harmonious blend of music and nature.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
  
Tempo of Twilight
This outdoor concert series brings a spectacular lineup of local entertainment to the garden for a harmonious blend of music and nature.

June 28 through July 17, 2015
  
Patriotic Perches
A collection of 51 handcrafted birdhouses that combines art, geography, horticulture and birding to educate visitors about state birds and flowers and how to attract wildlife to their garden space.

July 1 through 4, 2016
  
Fourth of July Weekend | Red, White and BLOOM!
The summer garden is BURSTING with color! Spend a bit of your holiday weekend with us- open Friday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Monday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Monday, July 11, 2016
  
Leashes at Lauritzen
The garden has gone to the dogs! Bring your canine friends to walk the grounds from 5 to 8 p.m. and enjoy the great outdoors together.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
  
Tempo of Twilight
This outdoor concert series brings a spectacular lineup of local entertainment to the garden for a harmonious blend of music and nature.

July 16 and 17, 2016
  
Railroad Days
Celebrate all things train and track while visiting the model railroad garden.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
  
Tempo of Twilight
This outdoor concert series brings a spectacular lineup of local entertainment to the garden for a harmonious blend of music and nature.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
  
Tempo of Twilight
This outdoor concert series brings a spectacular lineup of local entertainment to the garden for a harmonious blend of music and nature.

Monday, August 8, 2016
  
Leashes at Lauritzen
The garden has gone to the dogs! Bring your canine friends to walk the grounds from 5 to 8 p.m. and enjoy the great outdoors together.

August 13 and 14, 2016
  
Sweet Corn Festival
Indulge in all things sweet corn during this summer fun festival at Lauritzen Gardens.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
  
Tempo of Twilight
This outdoor concert series brings a spectacular lineup of local entertainment to the garden for a harmonious blend of music and nature.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
  
Tempo of Twilight
This outdoor concert series brings a spectacular lineup of local entertainment to the garden for a harmonious blend of music and nature.

Monday, September 12, 2016
  
Leashes at Lauritzen
The garden has gone to the dogs! Bring your canine friends to walk the grounds from 5 to 8 p.m. and enjoy the great outdoors together.

2016 dates TBD
  
All-European Show and Shine
See fine European cars and motorcycles staged against a lush background.

September 22 through 25, 2016
  
Antique & Garden Show
Entering its twelfth year, the show brings a wide range of museum quality antiques, as well as renowned experts in antiques, gardening, art and design to Omaha.

October 1 and 2, 2016
  
Japanese Ambience Festival
For an entire weekend, the garden grounds are alive with merriment as guests celebrate the joys of autumn and experience the Japanese culture first-hand.

October 1 through November 18, 2016
  
Fall Chrysanthemum Show
In honor of 50 years of friendship with Omaha's Sister City Shizuoka, Japan, this show features an array of brilliant blooms, unique design components, and gifts from the people of Shizuoka to the people of Omaha.

October 5 and 6, 2016
  
Heartland Native Plant Summit
The Heartland Native Plant Summit will explore innovative ways native plants can be used to craft landscapes that are beautiful, sustainable, and naturally resilient to drought. A two-day event for professionals, students and native plant enthusiasts.

Sunday, October 23, 2016
  
Ghoulish Garden Adventure
Dress in costume and trick-or-treat through the garden at various Halloween activity stations.

November 27 through January 3
  
Holiday Poinsettia Show
Be amazed by this spectacular floral display featuring a 20-foot-tall poinsettia tree, model trains and other nostalgic decorations.

Select Sundays during the Holiday Season
  
Holiday Harmony
Listen to live holiday music that enhances the ambience of the festive surroundings and makes for a joyous afternoon outing.

December 10 and 11, 2016
  
Holiday Happening
Share holiday wishes with Santa, engage in make-and-take activities with the family and enjoy the holiday cheer.

Monday, December 12, 2016
  
National Poinsettia Day
Celebrate this national holiday, commemorating this gorgeous holiday plant, while visiting the poinsettia show. The first 100 households receive a free poinsettia.
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